Maybe you are overweight, or worst, obese. If you are, then it is very likely that one of your worries is diabetes. Many overweight and obese people fear diabetes. So the common question asked is, how will you know if you have diabetes? What are the most common signs or symptoms of diabetes?
What Makes Diabetes Dangerous?
Well, looking at the worst scenario, diabetes is an illness that may lead to death. It will also drastically alter the way of life of anybody stricken with it. For example, one hit with diabetes needs to take extra care of his health. He needs, for instance, to make sure that his sugar level remains normal or as close to normal as possible. To ensure that his sugar level is average or as close to normal as possible, he has to watch closely and very carefully his diet – what he eats and drinks. It also means exercising regularly. In a nutshell, when one is diagnosed with diabetes, it requires a total lifestyle change.
Common Signs of Diabetes
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and type 2. According to medical experts, people who have type 2 diabetes usually do not feel anything or see anything wrong with themselves. In short, no symptoms are typically felt or observed when one has type 2 diabetes. With type 1 diabetes, however, it’s a different thing. Below are the common signs of type 1 diabetes.
The Need to Always Urinate – Urinating is not dangerous, but when one does it as frequently as once every hour or more than once every hour, this is a sign that there is something wrong.
Slow Healing Sores and Cuts – Do you notice that you have cuts or sores that take a very long time to heal? This is not a good sign, especially if the bruises or wounds are in your extremities like on your feet or hands.
Excessive Appetite or Thirst – Do you always look for food? Do you still want to drink? These two are also signs of diabetes.
Unusual Weight Loss or Gain – Have you lost weight lately? There’s nothing wrong with losing weight if you are doing something to lose weight. But if the weight loss is something that is not of your doing (like you did not exercise or you did not go on a diet), then it may be a sign of something else, like diabetes. Or maybe the opposite is correct, and you suddenly gained weight. If any of these happened, and the gain or loss is unusual, then if you also notice the other symptoms written here, then better see a doctor as you may have diabetes.
Blurred Vision, Fatigue, Nausea, Vomiting, Dry Mouth – All these are also symptoms of diabetes. So if you observe any one of these symptoms, it will be in your best interest to see a doctor and have yourself checked. Diabetes is something that should be taken seriously. The good news about diabetes is this: it is dangerous, yes, but it is something that can be managed.